I'll admit it- I was not as disciplined with my long runs for this marathon. I got my runs in between teaching high school math, coaching field hockey and caring for our first puppy, Lenny. Lenny was a English Springer Spaniel who had a lot of energy. We got him because Glenn and I also had a lot of energy and stayed pretty active between running, biking and backpacking. Lenny was a good running partner especially on some of the trails in Columbia, Maryland. Just like our new dog, Desi, he could run for about 4-5 miles. So I was probably running more frequently than I did before the Marine Corps Marathon though my longest run was only about 18-20 miles. But I was an experienced marathoner- right??
|Our dog, Lenny|
At the start of the race with thousands of people gathering around, I ran into an old friend from high school- we had met years ago when our families went to the same church. I hadn't seen Tricia in years so she started the race with us. I think I remember around mile 4ish that Wendy was hurting so Tricia and I began the next 20+ miles together. The city of Baltimore is deceivingly hilly- the marathon started and finished downtown near the Inner Harbor but the majority of the race was run up and out of the city. There were a lot of hills in the course (the next year they changed the course to not be so hilly). Without Tricia by my side, I don't know if I could have mentally finished the race .
|Tricia and I|
Looking back on this story I have learned a few lessons about God.
1) He is faithful even when we are not. I was not following God at this point in my life but I remember the encounter with Tricia that day as feeling like a gift from God.
2) He is faithful to bring us through disappointments. Wendy did not finish her first marathon but went on to run lots of races becoming a great half-marathon runner. She has also been accepted into the New York Marathon this year and will get a chance to finish her first marathon. How cool is it that I will be there to celebrate with her when she crosses the finish line.
3) He uses little moments to touch our lives. I will always look back at this marathon and remember God's Hand in it.
So as I prepare for New York, I can confidently know that He will be faithful to see me through it- no matter what comes my way.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose."